Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lots of Photos & Lots of News!

So, first I must apologize for taking so long to update and answer emails, etc., but I have good reason. You see, for the past couple months I felt quite yucky, and just about everything I did made me nauseous, including going on the computer, doing artwork, and (gasp!) even thrift-shopping! Guessed yet?

Yep, that's right! I'm preggers again! Almost four months at this point, (despite the fact that I look about six months!) so I'm finally making my way out of that yucky first trimester and into the easier second trimester, thank goodness! It hasn't been too terrible, but I've really felt no motivation to do anything lately, and I'm hoping that will change soon.

It's been a different pregnancy so far. Riley was still a baby himself when I went through my last one, so it's different having two rambunctious toddlers to care for while pregnant. Also, we're not planning on having any more children after this one, so the whole pregnancy's been a little bittersweet, knowing it will be the last...

Anyway, so that's where I've been- sitting on my couch watching TV, since that's about all I've had the energy for! However, I haven't been completely unproductive during this time. I did manage to work in an album for the new baby, one which I had begun last summer. Here are the pages I've done thus far:

The spread above was done last summer, and just talks about our decision to begin trying for another baby.

The second spread is from the day I learned I was pregnant, which is really a spiritual story for me. It took us about five months to get pregnant, and during that time, I was taking a bible study class. On the first day of the bible study, we were asked to write a letter to God, expressing our greatest desires. We were then to seal the letter and not open it again until the last day of class. One of the things I requested was to become pregnant, or to accept that I shouldn't have more children. I struggled with the ups and downs of trying to conceive during this time, and on the last day of class, we opened the letters and reflected on how our prayers had been answered. Many of the things I had prayed about had improved, but this one issue was still in question. Until the next day, when I took a pregnancy test and it was positive! What timing!

Needless to say, I feel very blessed with this pregnancy, and in this spread, I included the letter I had written in a pocket so that I can always remember the blessing.

And on a lighter note..., this third one is just about how I'm trying to savor every step of the pregnancy, knowing it will be my last.

The first ultrasound. Baby was squirming away in there!

The latest is about the different symptoms I've been having during the pregnancy.

And, because I felt guilty about neglecting my other kids, I also have done a couple pieces in Noah's book:

The first is about how independant and self-sufficient he is. He is going to be a perfect middle child, able to take care of himself with no problem, although I really worry that he may get "lost" in the middle of the chaos, so it's something I definitely need to pay attention to.

And the second is about his two year birthday! Little Noah is already two- I can't believe it!

And despite everything, I did feel well enough for at least a couple trips to the thrift store, where I acquired this bunch of goodies! You can bet that you'll be seeing my ever-growing collection of baby planters in the new nursery I'll be designing!

Okay, well, that's it for me! Have a great weekend, everyone!


Little Pink Studio said...

Beautiful work!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news, Corey!!! I am expecting my third little one, too!! My due date is less than 9 weeks and I am getting anxious! I adore the book you are working on for the baby. I so need to start one and I have still not started on ones for my two boys who are already 7 and almost 5! Yikes! Your work so inspires me. I need to go re-read your fabulous book again!!

jenny holiday said...

Ohh Cori!!! So so so Wonderful!! What an incredible post!! I LOVE everything about it!!!

Just Beautiful!!!


I will be adding a few more things to your pkg!!!
xoxo Jenny

Rosa said...

Congratulations Corey!!! How exciting! Trying for a girl?? The boys are just precious and your pages are delightful as always. Best wishes for feeling yourself soon. xoxo

carolyn peeler said...

COngratulations Corey! Happy to hear that your prayer was answered. I didn't know that you were a fellow believer, how awesome :)
Wishing you well as you continue on your journey.

Moniqui said...

Congratulations! Enjoy!
I love your pages and i am hoping you will share more pics on how baby's room will be decorated:))

Heather said...

Many Congratulations!! I always find your work so inspiring and I was pleased to see a little article from you in the latest Memory Makers as I have been trying to get back into scrap booking for my daughter but with a more artsy flair!

Shona Cole said...

YEAH! Congratulations, such lovely news. you look radiant :) It will be fun to see if you have a girl this time and if your art then plunges into pink! Look forward to keeping up with you through this.

holly-uk said...

**CONGRATULTIONS** corey!!!! Wow i couldn't believe it when i read your having another baby!!!!!!

I'm loving your new work - your pregnancy journals have always been my favourite artwork of yours!!! :) Just loved them so much!!

Susie said...

Whooping up and down for you. Big Congrats on your sweet little miracle.

ArtsyMama said...

Congratulations!! What big news:) So excited for you. Love the wonderful art you've been creating to document these fleeting feelings.

Erika Tysse said...

wow,what news! you are going to be busy. i thought the transition from 1 to 2 was ok, mine are 22 months apart, but from 2 to 3? that was and is the challenge! wishing you all the best, the next 5 months and here's secretly hoping that you get a little girl this time around although i know that it really doesn't matter for you at this point. looking forward to more updates!

Tara Ross Studios said...

Congratulations, wow, you will be so busy! Fingers crossed too, for a girl for you, although, I agree, it probably doesn't matter anymore! :)

All the best,

Tammy said...

Congratulations, Corey! I actually wondered, when you started posting pictures of all those darling baby planters, if you might be having another baby! Funny!!! What a cute nursery it'll ALMOST makes me want another one! The book is darling, too!

Sharmaine said...

Hi Corey,
Firstly congrats! I have just started reading your book and was excited to see you had a blog so jumped online straight away and was even more excited to see firstly that you still blog and sceondly that you were pregnant again, being that your 2nd was born when the book was published.
I just wanted to say I love the book and have been inspired by just the first few pages!!
Going to link up your blog so I can come visit again

Sandy Michelle said...

Gosh congratulations Cori!!! I can't wait to see how you design the nursery!

Sandy xox

bridgette said...


Susie said...

Hi Cory
An art friend of mine just shared a link of very cute and whimsicial fabrics and I thought of you.
take a peek if you find a minute.

Jamie said...

Congratulations Corey!!!! I am so happy for you and your family. What a lucky baby to be coming into such a loving home. I have your package all ready, but I KNOW I have another planter and I know it's in the garage, but I can't get to it until we have our garage sale in April. Isn't that always the way? LOL!! I also have about 60 1940's baby congratulations cards so those are going into the box now too! They are for a girl, but could be used in your art if it's a boy too. I am soooo happy for you!!!!! Love, Jamie

Family Valois said...

I would like to say Congratulations as well. We don't know each other, but one time we both commented on each other's blogs about the difficulties of being a mother, yet those difficulties don't truly seem to they? We have also decided to add one more to our gang, and I am entering my 7 month of my final pregnancy. What a time. Unlike you though, my girls are much older, and I am not running around after toddlers. So, you have all my sympathy, but you can do it, and it will be so wonderfully worth it!

I love visiting your blog and seeing what new pages you have created and looking at how lovely you make your home.

Enjoy entering your second trimester!


Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

oh my goodness sweetie!!! big congrats!!! :-) another little cutie coming your way!! It makes me want another one so we can be equal again!! lol. Kidding aside I would love to have another one(or more :-) ,but maybe not for awhile. huge congrats to your sweet little family!!(no worriesabout not writing back to the email. I know you are super busy. I forget things ALL the time :-) I hope you have a fantastic day!!! hugs!!! Britt :-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Corey on your pregnancy. I love your book. I am creating a baby book for my 1st grandbaby using your book. Funny thing about motherhood and size of family is that God enlarges hearts to be generous with Him. My husband and I thought 3 or 4 children would be a nice number but God had other plans. I'm so happy we didn't place a road block before grace. We have 6 children. Gifts of God.

Karin said...

Congratulations Corey!!! How exciting! I adore the new journal you are making. I still have my pile of stuff and your book to inspire me sitting there waiting for me to create beautiful journals....sigh...... PS...your book is still my all time favorite!!